Jul 142015

What is VIS?    Volunteers for Issaquah School (VIS) was formed in 1977 by community members as a Non-Profit 501c4 organization that works to promote passage of Issaquah School District (ISD) bond and levy ballot measures.  We are run entirely by community volunteers.   To register to vote go to: www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

Issaquah School District (ISD) provides high quality education and resources for our students with our bond and levy dollars.   Thank you for continuously voting YES to support our schools. Your YES votes on school bonds and levies shows that maintaining a high quality education is a priority in our community!

To comment on posts, click on the post title.

Sep 272016



You must be a registered voter to vote in local, county, state and National elections

Be an important part of the democratic process and let your voice be heard.  Check your registration or register today for the November 8, 2016 elections. Ask a relative and friend or two if they are registered and share this information.
Check if you’re registered to vote or if your registration is current  weiapplets.sos.wa.gov

November 2016 Election registration deadines

  • Register Online by Oct. 10, 2016
  • Register by Mail by Oct. 8, 2016
  • Register in Person by Oct. 31, 2016


How to register to vote

  • Online    

          Register online   You’ll need a current Washington State driver’s license or current Washington State ID card to register online

  • By Mail

You can download the form or pick one up from government offices such as the local library or Dept. of Licensing.

Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

Sep 122016
Issaquah SD
The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Gibson Ek High School, Issaquah School District’s new choice high school. The ribbon cutting event, featuring the Mayor and King and Queen of Issaquah will take place at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 13 at 400 1st Avenue, Issaquah, WA. For more information about Gibson Ek High School, please visit their webpage athttp://www.gibsonek.org/
What’s happening outside of school?
Check out the Community Fliers electronic bulletin board.
Apr 262016



Thank you to everyone who helped us pass this bond!!

These are the first results as of 8:15pm, Tues. April 26, 2016

Apr 162016

A great article about how the Issaquah School District’s energy efficiency saves us all money. Just another example of the District’s stellar fiscal responsibility and commitment to local residents.

Issaquah Reporter – April 13, 2016

PSE awards Issaquah School District $54,000-plus for energy savings

by DANIEL NASH,  Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer 

Apr 13, 2016

Puget Sound Energy presented the Issaquah School Board with an incentive check for $54,404 on March 23.

The check was awarded for the school district’s participation in the Resource Conservation Managers program.

The program forgoes an equipment-focused take on energy management in favor of methods that emphasize operations, maintenance and behavior — such as making sure a building isn’t heating itself too early or too late, Beth Robinweiler of PSE said.

The district has been involved with PSE energy efficiency programs since 1997 and began its most recent participation in the Resource Conservation Managers program in 2011.

Twenty-eight buildings participated. Energy use was reduced by a million kilowatt hours — a 4.6 percent reduction — and 24,600 therms.

“That is enough electricity and gas to power one of your middle schools for a year,” Robinweiler told the School Board.

The district’s resource conservation manager, Chris Bruno, was hired permanently as the energy use manager.

Bruno said his goal was to expand the use of LED lighting beyond the 60,000 bulbs currently being used — first on his list being the School Board chambers.

“That technology is exploding right now,” he said. “The prices are dropping, the technology is improving … And so my ultimate goal in the district is to have it be completely, 100 percent, LED lit.”

DANIEL NASH,  Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer 

dnash@issaquahreporter.com or 425-654-0383


Apr 052016

East of Seattle News Editorial

Editorial — Issaquah school bond deserves voter support

April 5, 2016

recent public hearing at City Hall Northwest on the Issaquah School District’s proposed construction and maintenance bond attracted exactly one speaker: a member of the Issaquah School Board, who spoke in favor of the $533 million question that is going before voters this month.

It’s apparent the district has a good thing going. It seems as if every time the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction releases new education statistics, Issaquah shines. Chronic absenteeism? Among the lowest in the state. Graduation rates? Among the highest. One local housing development under construction trumpeted the “renowned Issaquah School District” in its promotional materials.

And those housing developments are the reason property taxes would not rise if voters approve the bond. Issaquah’s explosive growth, adding more and more residents to the tax base, means the district can ask citizens for half a billion dollars and still keep the tax rate at or below the current $4.14 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That’s $2,070 if your home is valued at $500,000.

All those new residents are bringing new students with them. The district says it has grown by more than 2,000 students in the past four years and expects to add between 1,500 and 2,000 students in the next five. Hence, the need for school construction.

The bond would pay for a new high school, the district’s fourth, at a budgeted cost of $120 million, according to the district. A new middle school, the district’s sixth, is projected to cost $74 million. A rebuild of Pine Lake Middle School will run $71 million. Two new elementary schools are expected to cost a combined $74 million. And land acquisition for the four brand-new schools is budgeted at $97 million.

In addition, six existing elementary schools would be remodeled and modernized at a projected cost of $7 million to $9 million each.

If the bond fails, taxes would drop, but not significantly. According to statistics provided by the district, by 2019, the tax rate would decline to about $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $1,750 on a $500,000 home. Is that reduction of less than $300 annually in taxes worth overcrowded schools and outdated facilities?

Vote yes on the Issaquah School District bond April 26.


Mar 252016

Issaquah Reporter – March 25, 2016

Issaquah endorses $500 million school construction bond

by DANIEL NASH,  Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer 

Mar 24, 2016

A half-billion dollar capital projects bond measure to build and rebuild Issaquah schools has received its stamp of approval from the Issaquah School District’s namesake city.

The Issaquah City Council voted Monday night to endorse Proposition 1 in the April 26 special election.

The approval came following a public hearing for the school construction bond. The only Issaquah resident to speak was School Board member Lisa Callan, who thanked the council for their support.

If approved by voters, the bond will authorize $533.5 million to construct four new school campuses across all primary and secondary grade levels and rebuild or modernize several others.

The funds will come from general obligation bonds to be repaid through property taxes.

Councilmember Bill Ramos said he hoped all Issaquah voters would support the bond.

“My children are … out of the school system,” he said. “But schools are important for all of us. The schools that make our community make our future.”